One Day Tours From Glasgow

Dumbarton Castle, Loch Lomond and Scotch Whisky Tour

If you’re short on time and want to explore a historic castle, savour a dram of Scotch Whisky and visit a Highland village – all in under 6 hours – then this is the tour for you. Leaving from Glasgow our first stop is Dumbarton Castle which has the longest recorded history of any stronghold in Scotland. ‘Braveheart’ William Wallace was incarcerated here before being sent to London for execution. Linger awhile at beautiful Glengoyne Distillery where you can enjoy a tour and a wee dram and end a perfect day in the picturesque village of Balmaha on the banks of Loch Lomond.

Main Departure Point
266 George Street, Glasgow

Costs:
Adults 16-59: £30.00 - £35.00
Seniors 60+, Students: £28.00 - £33.00
Children 5-15: £28.00 - £33.00

Please note we are unable to take children under 5.

See the Details & FAQ tab for optional extra costs and further information.

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From Glasgow your luxury mini coach makes the short drive to Dumbarton Castle, a striking citadel in the ancient capital of Scotland which boasts a 1500-year history. The presence of a settlement here is first recorded in a letter from St Patrick to King Ceretic of Strathclyde around 450 AD, in which he complained about a raid the Britons had made on his Irish converts.

Known as ‘the Rock of the Clyde’ it has a strategic position guarding the point where the River Leven joins the River Clyde. It’s been battered and besieged through the ages by the Picts, the English, Oliver Cromwell and by James IV in his efforts against the Earl of Lennox. In 870 AD the Vikings besieged Dumbarton Rock for four months and made off with a mighty haul of treasure and slaves when the castle finally fell.

Another notable page in its history is in 1305 when Sir John Menteith betrayed the Scots independence leader William Wallace who was imprisoned here before being marched to London where he was condemned as a traitor to the King and sentenced to death without trial. One of Scotland’s most iconic heroes, Wallace endured a brutal death for refusing to back English sovereignty of Scotland. He was hanged, drawn and quartered and his head and limbs were taken as trophies and publicly displayed to serve as a warning to any rebellious Scots.

In 1548 a five-year-old Mary, Queen of Scots was brought to Dumbarton by her mother, Mary of Guise, for her safety after the English defeated the Scots at the battle of Pinkie Cleugh near Edinburgh. The young queen stayed here for six months before sailing to France and safety.

From Dumbarton Castle our small group tour makes its way to Glengoyne, Scotland’s most beautiful distillery. Single Malt Scotch Whisky has been lovingly created here since 1820 when George Connell began secretly distilling using water from a hidden waterfall. Today its skilled crafts people still pride themselves on their slow and natural ways of creating their Highland Single Malt which you can see in a Glengoyne Distillery tour.

Nothing is rushed in the making of Glengoyne and you’ll have plenty of time to savour its story on your Wee Tasting Tour. A dram of the Glengoyne 12 Year Old will kick off your tour which follows the whisky journey from the mashtun and washbacks to the swan-necks of the copper stills. You’ll learn that every ounce of flavour is captured before the spirit is sent to the cask where the mysterious process of maturation takes place. And you’ll discover the importance of the wooden cask in ageing the whisky and lending it its rich gold and amber colours.

The tour finale is a dram of the Glengoyne 18 Year Old and afterwards you might want to stroll up to the waterfall and hidden glen to see where the magic began nearly 200 years ago.

After your Glengoyne Whisky Distillery tour your driver-guide makes the short drive to the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond which is celebrated the world over in poetry, prose and song. Our Loch Lomond tour destination is the scenic and popular village of Balmaha on the eastern side of the loch where you have 90 minutes to relax and have a drink or lunch at the Oak Tree Inn. There’s a shop and National Park Visitor Centre where you can learn more about this area of outstanding natural beauty. If you’re energetic you could hike part of the way up Conic Hill (it would take two to three hours to reach the top and descend) which offers fantastic views over Loch Lomond and its islands.

Around 50 minutes later we’ll have you back in Glasgow.

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Departure & Return Information
Main Departure Point
266 George Street (outside Parish Halls)
Glasgow G1 1QX

Main Departure Point
Check in
09.45
Departs  10.00
Returns  16.00

Hotel Departures
Discover Scotland Tours are the only company to offer free pick ups from hotels, hostels & B&B’s in and around Glasgow and Glasgow Airport on our 1 day tours. Please see the Tours Information section for the complete list or for more information.

Return Drop Off Point
All of our 1 day tours return to George Square and not your hotel.

Important
Your driver-guide is unable to wait past the departure time either from your hotel or the main departure point. In the event you are late for any reason in arriving at your departure point and as a consequence miss your tour, you will not be entitled to a refund.

Tour Inclusions
Costs are for transportation by air-conditioned 16 seat mini coach and the services of an English speaking driver-guide.

Tour Exclusions
Lunch, refreshments and entry to visitor attractions.

Children
We regret that we do not carry children under the age of 5 on our scheduled tours.

Tour Highlights
Dumbarton Castle, Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park, Ben Lomond, Conic Hill, Highland Village of Balmaha & Glengoyne Distillery.

Optional Extras

Dumbarton Castle
Adults £6.00
Seniors £4.80
Students £6.00
Child £3.60

Glengoyne Wee Tasting Tour
Standard price - £14.50 per person over the age of 18.
Discounted price of £13.00 for Discover Scotland Tours Customers.
Persons under the age of 18 are free of charge but must be accompanied by a paying adult.

All payable on the day

FAQs

Are there guided tours available at Dumbarton Castle?

Dumbarton Castle do not offer guided tours or audio tours. There are however information boards throughout the site which explain the castles history. 

Is there a lot of walking on the tour?

The castle site is very large, steep and rocky. All areas are reached via a number of narrow stairways, many of them historic. There are stairs throughout the castle but only the White Tower Crag has a significant amount - 500 in total!

The castle advises visitors to wear sturdy footwear.

There is also the option for walks at Balmaha. Visitors can enjoy the Millenium Forest path, an easy circular route or tackle a short hike up part of Conic Hill. Those who do not wish to walk can visit the National Park Visitor Centre or enjoy a refreshment at the nearby Oak Tree Inn. We advise anyone planning a walk to wear comfortable, waterproof clothing and footwear.

Can children participate in the whisky tour?

Yes, the distillery are able to accommodate children on tour. All persons under the age of 18 are not permitted to taste the whisky however.

Check in 09:45 Departs 10.00 - Returns 16.00

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